Published on January 21st, 2017 | by AlexandreG.0
Unnamed and Forgotten: The Unsung Composers
No matter where you go, music is always around. No matter if you listen to the radio, watch your favorite sport, walk around a supermarket, or try exciting games at Royal Vegas online casino, music is always there in one form or another to keep you company. Who plays it? Who wrote it? These are questions that hardly cross your mind, leaving the composers and interpreters of some of the best-known jingles and soothing tones in anonymity. Here are three categories of composers you’ll probably never know by name.
Who wrote the background music for casual games?
I mentioned the Royal Vegas earlier, and it was not by mistake. The gaming venue has a collection of more than 700 casual games in its library, many of them with background music. The music played by most Royal Vegas games is either funny or soothing, relaxing or upbeat, but it’s always original and unique, not to mention that it fits the atmosphere and topic of the game itself. While thousands of Royal Vegas players listen to these scores day after day, the names of the people writing them is a total mystery.
Who writes the jingles for MTV (and all other music networks?)
Allow me to quote Morpheus (from The Matrix): “Life, it seems, is not without a sense of irony“. There are tens, maybe hundreds of global or local music networks out there, each of them with their own jingles – but who writes them? There are creative people tasked to do the job day after day, sometimes creating such memorable pieces of music that they can ring in your ears for days, even years to come. While they are surely talented and creative, these people are hardly ever mentioned outside their industry.
Who writes elevator music?
Elevator music is a genre of easy listening background music usually played in – you guessed it – elevators. It’s a term that covers anything between smooth jazz and bossa nova, with no vocals or anything too dramatic. But who composes it?
Back in the day, elevator music was used to calm fearful passengers inside elevators, so their purpose was to be soothing, calming, and relaxing by nature. Since its beginnings, Muzak LLC hired popular music artists to record their songs to be played in elevators, shopping areas, restaurants, and their likes. In the late 1990s, though, the company decided to produce its original songs in-house. Although unnamed, the composers at Muzak were very productive: between 1997 and 2010, the company produced over 3 million songs, offering them to their customers over more than 100 internet streaming channels. Muzak LLC supplies over 350,000 customers today, and its music is heard – and mostly unnoticed – by over 100 million people each day.